Anyone know the last time the Reds swept a doubleheader? They have the chance beginning at 7:05 Eastern time at Nationals Park in the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Nationals. The Reds took the first game 7-1, with Phillip Ervin starring on offense and Anthony DeSclafani pitching well over seven innings.
Including a June 21 win over the Cubs, Harvey has been on a very impressive streak in the past six weeks. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s allowed only 16 earned runs in 37.2 innings, or a 3.87 ERA. If you subtract out the one bad start he had against the Pirates when he was lit up, the numbers are even more impressive: 8 earned runs allowed in 34 innings, or a 2.11 ERA.
Harvey said recently that he loves pitching for the Reds, and when the trade deadline passed with him still on the roster, many of his teammates were reportedly high-fiving him. It seems some very positive mutual vibes have developed between Harvey and the Reds players and management. It seems unlikely that a Scott Boras client would accept anything other than the highest offer in the free agent market, which the Reds arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t likely to make. And frankly, they probably shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t with HarveyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injury history. But if Harvey can be retained on a contract that would give the Reds some concessions or options, it seems right now like it would be a good move. His remaining starts, however many they may be, will be worth watching closely.
After a pretty strong early part of the season, HellicksonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performance has dipped in June and July, with an ERA over 5.00 in both months. If that trend continues this evening, the Reds should get some pitches to hit and opportunities to score.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anybodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guess whether David Hernandez and Michael Lorenzen will be available in game two after pitching an inning apiece in the opener. Keury Mella is probably out of action except for an emergency situation after pitching 4.1 innings in relief Thursday.
All other members of the pen should be ready when called upon in the nightcap, including Austin Brice, who was called up for one day only as the 26th man on the roster for a doubleheader.
|SS Jose Peraza||SS Trea Turner|
|1B Joey Votto||LF Juan Soto|
|3B Eugenio Suarez||3B Anthony Rendon|
|2B Scooter Gennett||RF Bryce Harper|
|RF Mason Williams||1B Matt Adams|
|C Tucker Barnhart||CF Michael Taylor|
|LF Preston Tucker||C Spencer Kieboom|
|P Matt Harvey||P Jeremy Hellickson|
|CF Billy Hamilton||2B Wilmer Difo|